Sports

New Clark City hosts inaugural duathlon race

CAPAS, TARLAC. The New Clark City (NCC), eyed to become the premier sports epicenter for training and racing events in the country, opened its doors to its first duathlon race on 17 July 2022. Jointly organized by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the GoClark Sports and Events, around 650 enthusiasts were welcomed and had participated in this multi-sports competition that tested their individual strength, endurance and grit. “Itong duathlon is actually encouraging people—kahit regular athletes, kahit couch potato—pwede pong gawin ito para po ma-encourage sila na maging active ‘yung lifestyle nila, at para kung sakali man na may pinaghahandaan silang ibang events. Maganda rin po ito para sa kalusugan nila,” explained Jumbo Tayag, GoClark race director. The NCC Duathlon is the second major sports event held at the New Clark City this year, after its reopening last May from a series of lockdowns, stricter border regulations, and restrictions in mobility brought about by the two-year pandemic. This event also marked as first for GoClark in NCC this year, following the successful New Clark City Triathlon it co-hosted with BCDA in October 2019. BCDA Senior Vice President for Corporate Services Arrey Perez thanked GoClark for holding the duathlon at the New Clark City. “Ito ang kagandahan. We have the private sector that supports our advocacies particularly in promoting wellness and sports development of the country. ‘Yung mga katulad ni Jumbo with Go Clark, they hold a lot of events dito sa Clark – the Clark Zone and the New Clark City,” SVP Perez emphasized. For his part, Atty. Roseller Rodriguez, the municipal mayor of Capas, Tarlac, extended his warm welcome to the race participants, and expressed pride and gratitude to the event organizers for choosing New Clark City as its sporting destination. “We take pride in hosting another exciting athletic event for our race enthusiasts—New Clark City Duathlon. Hats off to the organizers for the hard work that goes into coordinating this meticulously detailed event. To the participants, we sincerely admire the focus and discipline,” said Mayor Rodriguez through his representative Maita Claire Bartolome. The NCC Duathlon had three race categories. NCC Long is a 12 kilometer (km) run, a 50 km bike and a 6 km race. The NCC Short covers a 6 km run, a 25 km bike, and a 3 km run. There is also an NCC Long Two-Person Relay covering a distance of 12 km run, 50 km bike, and 6 km run, with an all-male, all-female and mixed divisions. Meanwhile, the NCC Long and NCC Short are competed in different age brackets. During the run course, race participants toured around the whole National Government Administrative Center and took the River Park and the New Clark City Athletics Stadium. On the other hand, the bike course covered the New Clark City to Clark International Airport, and the New Clark City to Subic-Clark Expressway access roads. Upcoming Races Aside from the NCC Duathlon, two more sporting events are being scheduled by GoClark in the New Clark City within the year. The Clark Cycling Classic is set on August 27 and 28, featuring individual and team trial and gravel race. The New Clark City Triathlon, on the other hand, is expected to take place on September 24 and 25, marking the return of triathlon activities, and would feature adult and kids aquathlon. Delighted racers Meanwhile, duathlon participants, professionals and amateurs alike, expressed satisfaction in the way the event was handled, as well as their delight in using the facilities of the New Clark City. “Nagagamit po ang lahat ng mga facilities. Napakalinis at napaka-world class ng New Clark City,” remarked Liam James David who ranked 2nd in the NCC Short Junior Elite Men category. “The event is so awesome. It was my first race and it was so beautiful. Ang ganda ng pagka-organize,” said Andrew Lloyd Alomarde, a first-time duathlete under the NCC Short race.

July 27, 2022

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BCDA, CNLCSCA ink deal for swim events at New Clark City

BCDA Executive Vice President and COO Aileen R. Zosa (second from right), representing BCDA President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz (second from left) lead the ceremonial signing of the memorandum of understanding for the use of sports facilities in New Clark City. BCDA SVP for Corporate Services Arrey Perez (rightmost) and CNLCSCA Director and AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club Head Coach Jensen “Dax” Halili (leftmost) serve as witnesses. The signing event was held on April 22, 2022 at the Aquatics Center of New Clark City, Tarlac. The Central Northern Luzon-CAR Swimming Coaches Association (CNLCSCA) signed Friday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to promote and hold various sports events at New Clark City in Tarlac. The agreement paved the way for the resumption of CNLCSCA’s grassroots swimming series, which was halted for over two years with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by the Angeles City-based AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will commence Saturday at the New Clark City Aquatics Center, with 650 participants from Central and North Luzon, Cordillera Administrative Region, as well as some swimmers from Metro Manila. BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan, represented by Executive Vice President Aileen R. Zosa, and CNLCSCA Secretary General Rolando Dela Cruz led the signing of the MOU, which provides for collaboration over a period of one year, and renewable for another year. “We at the BCDA would like to thank CNLCSCA for choosing New Clark City as your venue of choice for competitions and events. As restrictions continue to ease, BCDA will ensure that this world-class facility remains accessible to athletes of all ages and backgrounds,” Zosa said. Acknowledging CNLCSCA’s efforts to develop grassroots athletes, Zosa said, “We hope to bear witness to the emergence of a new generation of talented, promising, and outstanding swimmers who can compete on the national and international stage.” New Clark City, BCDA’s inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development project north of Metro Manila, remains ready for sporting events amid the pandemic. Its sports complex includes the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village. “By incredibly hosting the 30th Southeast Asian Games, we believe that New Clark City is a really good venue for promoting our goals of developing the grassroots program benefiting our athletes. We want them to experience how it is like being in a place where magnificent opportunities are possible,” Dela Cruz said. Comeback of competitive swimming Following FINA competition rules, the 80th CNLCSCA Swim Series will be conducted with timed finals based on the participants’ age groups. Jensen “Dax” Halili, CNLCSCA director and the head coach of the AC Dax Aquatics Swim Club, expressed excitement about the return of competitive swimming for local swimmers, with New Clark City as the venue. “There will be more than 600 swimmers who will participate from different walks of life. We believe that they truly need this boost and motivation amidst the pandemic by competing in our world-class facilities,” Halili said. Health and safety protocols will be strictly enforced during the swim series to protect all participants, coaches, and staff.

April 23, 2022

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Finis partners with BCDA for use of New Clark City sports facilities

BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and CEO Atty. Aristotle B. Batuhan and Finis Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia (third and fourth from right, respectively) on March 25, 2022 led the signing of the MOU and letter agreement between BCDA and Finis Philippines for the promotion and use of sports facilities in New Clark City. BCDA SVP for Corporate Services Arrey Perez (second from right) and Finis Philippines Director Marieta Herranz (second from left) served as witnesses. Elite swimmers Kyla Soguilon (leftmost) and Jasmine Mojdeh (rightmost) were in attendance to show their support. Giving a boost to Philippine sports amid the country’s transition to the new normal, swim gear company Finis Philippines has partnered with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to jumpstart sports activities and deliver grassroots competitions at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. BCDA Officer-in-Charge President and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Aristotle. B. Batuhan and Finis Philippines Managing Director Vince Garcia on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signaling the start of collaborative efforts to promote New Clark City and to hold various events in the sports facilities in the area. Under the MOU, both parties are eyeing sustained cooperation over a one-year period, and renewable for another year. “We at the BCDA would like to thank Finis Philippines for choosing New Clark City as their venue of choice for its competitions and training camps. With the country now shifting to the new normal, the BCDA is looking forward to opening its doors to more swimmers and athletes in New Clark City, giving them access to world-class sport facilities,” Batuhan said. Positioned as the new premiere sports destination in the country, the New Clark City sports complex is the first major sports hub built by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934. This consists of the Fédération Internationale de Natation’s (FINA)- approved Aquatics Center, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)- certified Athletics Stadium, and the 525-room Athletes’ Village accommodation facility. Finis Philippines is the sole authorized distributor of US-based swim gear brand Finis, which specializes in technical devices used for swim training and competition, as well as technical swimwear. Its training products are widely used by elite swimmers and swim coaches in the US, Australia, Europe and Asia. “Finis exudes elite swimming since all its training gear innovations are developed to make the best of the best. We only find it fitting that we kick off our very own swim competitions with the best and only global standard facility in our nation. This is precisely why we chose BCDA and its New Clark City Aquatics Center,” Garcia said. Elite Filipino swimmers were in attendance at the Aquatics Center as a show of support for the partnership between BCDA and Finis. They include Kyla Soguilon, multiple winner of the Athlete of the Year award by the Philippine Sportswriters Association, and national swimming team record holder Jasmine Mojdeh. Competitions for adults, kids Also during Friday’s event, BCDA and Finis signed the letter agreement for the hosting of the 2022 Short Course Swim Competition Series – Luzon leg on March 26 to 27, and the first Kids of Steel (KOS) Triathlon on March 27 at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. The two-day short swim competition series’ heats will have timed finals, sorted into eight age groups based on the participant’s age as of December 31, 2022. The best swimmers in each category will have a chance to compete for the Finis National Finals this June, also at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. Meanwhile, the KOS Triathlon, officially sanctioned by the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP), will continue the grassroots level of scouting potential young triathletes. Promising participants may be asked to join the developmental training program of TRAP. “Our hearts go out to all kids that were cooped up for two years. It has affected their social skills in interacting with other kids, as well as other people. When Level 1 restrictions of the pandemic were announced, we thought that it was the perfect time to have the kids to finally come out and play. Sports is very important to hone the life skills of kids and we should all nurture that,” Garcia said. Garcia added that, ”Once we get our momentum, we have other sports to host in the near future. In the pipelines are the Finis Long Course Swim Competition Series, Open Water Swim Races, Aquathlons, and lots of swim-related training clinics to develop everyone to love the sport of swimming.” To protect the health of the staff and participants, BCDA and Finis assured that minimum health and safety protocols will be strictly implemented during the events.  

March 26, 2022

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